Records, CDs, Polaroids, Typewriters; all things of the sort are making a comeback. I was never alive when these were ‘new’ and commonly used yet they are still a normal part of my life.
Vintage stuff has been making a resurgence for years, mainly because of ‘hipster culture’ but I always wondered why. Sure, some reason is the aesthetic but I also think there’s something else.
For me, physically owning something, like a book or an album, feels way more personal than just having a digital copy. The sense of ownership is stronger as it is something you can literally hold in your hand and touch.
There is nothing wrong with digital things of course; they’re great! I would be lost without Spotify and there’s no way I’d rather lug my textbook home instead of using the online version for homework. My personal instagram is like a photo album of my life and I love going back and seeing all my memories in picture-form.
Technology is the stuff of today and it makes our lives easier.
I just also enjoy owning the ‘old things’, for the novelty if nothing else.
Pretty much every bookworm can agree how satisfying it is to see a full bookshelf or stack of books and know that they’re yours. The same goes for having a record or CD collection. Even something as simple as flipping through a scrapbook of printed photos can elicit the same feelings.
I think it’s great that vintage things are making a comeback because it means the generations that weren’t alive when they were a thing (like me!) still get to enjoy them and bringing back things from the past is awesome!